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Tyler Clementi's Roommate Charged

Dharun Ravi allegedly sent fake tweets, tried to delete another
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2011 11:51 AM CDT

(Newser) – Dharun Ravi may have dropped out of Rutgers, but what happened there continues to follow him. Ravi was indicted today on a slew of charges stemming from his alleged use of a webcam to spy on a same-sex encounter involving roommate Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide shortly afterward. He faces two counts each of invasion of privacy and attempted invasion of privacy, which are punishable by up to five years in prison, reports the Star-Ledger. More surprisingly, he was also charged with tampering with evidence, hindering his own apprehension, and witness tampering, the prosecutor said.

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Ravi reportedly tried to delete a tweet that alerted his Twitter followers about Clementi's second encounter with another man, according to the indictment, which also noted that Ravi sent fake tweets in an attempt "to mislead a public servant who was engaged in such proceeding or investigation." The indictment also said that he tried to persuade other students to not testify against him, reports ABC News. Ravi was also indicted on bias intimidation charges. (Read more Tyler Clementi stories.)

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